84 Be glad!

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Philippians 4:6.

What sort of things make you feel happy?

Can you – or anyone – be happy all the time?

What if life is not going well? If you’re worried about something, do you:

  • Go all quiet?
  • Cry?
  • Pace up and down?
  • Lose your appetite?
  • Eat lots?
  • Something else?

 

Read more…

The letter so far…

As a servant of God, Paul met a lot of problems. But he did not lose heart, even if he faced death. Why? He never lost heart because his mission was so important. He wanted everyone to hear the good news about Jesus so that they could put their faith in him. Knowing what God has done gives Paul and every Christian a great joy, and the Holy Spirit gives strength to endure difficulties.

Now read Philippians 4:4–9 together.

 

What happened next…

The people in Philippi had supported Paul during his time in prison. They had prayed for him and given him practical help. Paul was thankful for their support and he knows that they had given help because they loved him. Because of their faithful service God will reward them.

 

Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 108 together.

 

Did you know…?

The church in Philippi This church was one that Paul had started and was the first in Europe.

Letters from prison Paul wrote to the church while he was in prison, probably in Rome (after the shipwreck; see Challenge 16). He wanted to thank them for sending him help and to encourage them to be brave and have confidence in difficult times.

Love and joy Paul writes with love to his friends in the church. Although he is in prison and may be facing death, the letter is full of Paul’s faith in Jesus.

 

Try it out

Make a stained-glass picture.

 

  • Use a piece of greaseproof or tracing paper as the base of your picture.
  • Stick lots of coloured tissue paper and cellophane pieces all over the base. Don’t worry if pieces overlap: it will just give more colours and variety.
  •  Take a piece of black paper or card and cut out shapes and notches. (This is easier to do if you fold the paper and then cut shapes from the folded edge.) Or you could use a craft-knife, with care, and cut a window-shape with criss-cross lines of black paper.
  • Glue the black paper over the greaseproof paper and trim the edges.
  •  Hang the picture in a window and you will see the light coming through the coloured papers and cellophanes.
  •  Every time you see the picture, it will remind you to be glad!

 

Talk to God

Kneel down or bow your head and think about how amazing and powerful God is.

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